Line(s) of the Day #TheTrial


Someone must have been spreading lies about Josef K, for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one morning.

The opening lines of the novella The Trial by Czech-born German language writer Franz Kafka. Published posthumously in 1925, (but believed to be written around 1914 / 1915), it tells of an innocent man’s struggles to clear against a charge he is never made aware of.  I’ve long been a fan of his work and quoted my favourite of his short stories here,

17 thoughts on “Line(s) of the Day #TheTrial

  1. It is a nice choice of statement which says much about the injustice Josef K must have felt from such authorities and the cover makes me wonder of the complications (like ‘being tangled in a web’) that his character had faced from many.

    • The cover really is beautiful. The fact you cannot see the spider only makes the metaphor even more apt, as in the story the enemy always seems invisible. There really was no other writer who captured secrecy, paranoia and faceless bureaucracy. It really reads like a nightmare.

  2. If it’s not a “Where’s Waldo” book I won’t read it. Ha! I’d like to say I’ve been falsely accused of not reading the book. However, in this case, that would be an accurate assessment. I know the premise and hope to get around to reading the book one day soon

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